It's Never Too Late to Learn How to Swim

It's Never Too Late to Learn How to Swim

Monday, July 23, 2018 by Monica Lytle

When running began to impact her joints, Meera Bawa knew it was time for a new exercise routine. By chance, she ran into her elementary school teacher at a community pool. Her teacher had been retired for more than 10 years, and swam a mile each day.  She was full of energy and so graceful in the pool. Meera was inspired and promised herself that she would learn to swim. A member of the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre since 2014, Meera knew exactly where to go to start.

“I knew swimming would be more low-impact than running and provide as much, if not more, of a workout. I began lessons with Head Lifeguard, Jen Allan, two years ago and have not looked back. My decision to take private swim lessons at the YWCA has been one of the best of my life.”

Within weeks, Meera noticed she was physically stronger, and even began running again.

“With Jenn’s guidance I am on my way to swimming 400 meters in less than 10 minutes. I could not swim 25 meters when I began my lessons.”

She has also improved her mental strength and endurance. “There have been times during my lessons when I’ve thought I couldn’t achieve a certain time goal or learn a new stroke – like the butterfly – but in each case, I’ve been guided to and beyond my goal. I draw on these successes in decisions and doubts that arise outside of the pool.”

Meera’s experience with private swim lessons at the YWCA extend beyond the obvious physical and mental benefits.  “From the front desk staff and lifeguards, to my swim instructor extraordinaire, the sense of community at the YWCA is the biggest draw.”

When you book a private swim lesson at the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, you work with an experienced instructor, who will build your confidence in the water, share swim fundamentals, lead you through a great workout and more.

For more information, contact Health + Fitness Member Services at 604 895 5777 | 

Recent pool accessibility improvements were funded by Employment and Social Development Canada through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.